Futurological fodder: on communicating the relationship between artificial intelligence, robotics, and employment

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Abstract

This article examines the debate concerning the employment implications of the so-called ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’ (FIR) or the increasing presence of artificial intelligence and robotics in workplaces. I analyze three ‘genres’ associated with this debate (academic studies including neo-classical and heterodox/post-human approaches, the ‘gray literature’, and popular media) and I argue that together they represent ‘futurological fodder’ or discourses and knowledges that ‘perform’ the FIR and its purported consequences. I contend further that these genres involve a complex mix of ethics and politics, and I conclude with a reflection on the political implications of the FIR debate.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)237-256
Number of pages20
JournalSpace and Polity
Volume25
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021

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Keywords

  • Artificial intelligence
  • fourth industrial revolution
  • futurity
  • robotics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Political Science and International Relations

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